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Notice: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it’s submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Montana.
Voting by mail is a two-step process in Montana.
Step 1: Request your ballot NOW! The deadline for your application to be received is the day before Election Day at 12:00 p.m.
Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP
Remember to sign your return ballot.
After you fill out your ballot, sign the affidavit on your return envelope.
Be sure that your signature matches your signature on file with the state! If you registered online or at the DMV, check the signature on your license. If the signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed and will not count.
If you return your ballot by mail, you must add a stamp when mailing in your ballot.
You can also drop off your ballot in person at your local elections office, drop box, or polling place.
An election official, caregiver, family member, household member or acquaintance can return a ballot on your behalf.
If you have an absentee ballot that you are not going to use, or you miss the deadline to return, you may go to your polling place and vote in person. If possible, bring your absentee ballot with you. You may be asked to use a provisional ballot. Which is better than not voting, but may not be counted.
Montana does offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot.
Your state has a cure period, which means you can “cure” a challenge to the signature on your ballot if it was done incorrectly. Your local elections office is required to contact you and give you options to remedy your ballot. You have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to cure your signature.
You may get a call from a number you do not recognize with a notification that you need to cure your ballot. Be sure to answer so you don’t miss your chance to make sure your vote is counted.
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Primary Type (D): Open
Primary Type (R): Open
No party affiliation is required to participate in Montana’s primaries. You will choose which political party’s ballot you’d like to vote when you go to vote. Being a member of a political party does not restrict which primary election you vote in. See Montana’s Republican Party or Democratic Party websites for more details.
In addition to the president, the Montana primary election includes the following races:
– U.S. senator
– U.S. representatives
– State elected officials
– State legislators
– Judicial races
Your state automatically registers people to vote at the address on their drivers license or other state issued ID card. If you have moved but have not updated your ID with your new address, changed your name or want to add a political party selection, you must update your voter registration. Click here to check to see if you are registered to vote, and update your registration if needed.
You can register to vote and cast your ballot on Election Day at your polling place or local elections office. Bring a valid ID and proof of residence with you.
To vote in person absentee, you request, fill out, and return your ballot while at your local elections office. You may also register to vote in person.
Some states have laws that specifically allow citizens to preregister at a certain age while others allow registration as long as you’re 18 by the next election. Preregistration means you’ll be automatically registered to vote on your 18th birthday without taking any additional steps.
In Montana, you can preregister to vote if you are 18 by the next election. Register to vote today!
Some states even let you vote in their primaries at 17 if you’ll be 18 by the general election so you can participate in the whole process!
You can not vote in the Montana primaries if you are 17 by the next election.